September 26

Tokyo holds Olympic torch rehearsal as spectre of virus looms

first_img Loading… Tokyo Olympic organisers held a dummy run for the torch relay Saturday as fears over the coronavirus epidemic continue to cast a dark shadow over preparations for this summer’s Games. A quartet of runners carried unlit torches for some 200 metres each as organisers meticulously went over the fine details before the Olympic flame arrives in Japan to wind its way around the country from March 26 to July 24, when the Games begin. Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara ran the third leg of the relay rehearsal Watched by security and police, the torch-bearers, sporting the official white Olympic uniform with diagonal red stripe, passed a fake flame to one another followed by onlookers, local residents and city officials as traffic was diverted for the event. “It’s thrilling to think this will take place across Japan over 121 days,” said actress Satomi Ishihara, who ran the third leg of the relay rehearsal. “I’m sure it will leave behind a lot of good memories.”Advertisement Read Also: Japanese snow shortage puts Tokyo 2020 heat prevention plan at risk However, concerns over the fast-spreading coronavirus – which has killed more than 1,500 people and infected over 66,000 in China – have triggered calls for Tokyo organisers to reveal whether they have contingency plans, despite their assertions the Olympics will go ahead as planned. Japan, which registered its first fatality from the disease on Thursday, is one of the worst-hit countries outside of mainland China with at least 30 cases in the country and more than 200 positive tests aboard a quarantined on a cruise ship floating off Yokohama since last week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagram2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img

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